Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) (1988)

Though the kinky characters and aberrant social behavior common to the works of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are very evident in his Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film is at heart a door-slamming farce in the grand… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A feminist comedy with real bite; it always brings down the house.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Women slinks devilishly (and expertly) between farce, absurdism and tragedy.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The gold standard for Almodovar's screwball farces.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

In Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mr. Almodovar sets out to charm rather than shock. That he succeeds should not come as a surprise.

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Emanuel Levy

Almodovar's most accomplished and most commercially successful comedy to date.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An exuberant comedy of manners drunk on its own outlandish melodrama.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pain and the bright shiny pinks of a matador's cape.

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Douglas Pratt

The film's color scheme is like a makeup counter display, and the narrative has the same sort of spirit, with dabs of humor that gloss over or disrupt the heroine's grief.

Austin Chronicle

The movie is a great introduction to Almodóvar's world...

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A hilarious farce by Pedro Almodóvar with over-colored kitsch visuals and a hysterical story full of eccentric characters in absurd situations - and it is… More
Daniel Perry
A very funny sex comedy that unfolds like a farce, in which every character's life intersects with the others', whether they know so or not. Charming… More
Tony Gandía
Slap-happy, fun, riotous - one of Almodovar's best stings with enjoyment.
Jennifer Xu
While I liked the way all the events eventually congealed together, I don't really like Almodovar movies. They all seem inherently cold to me, like I never… More
Reid Volk
A bizarre black comedy that sometimes wanders into screwball territory. It is a tale about a group of women all suffering in their way. Being the first outright… More
Randy Tippy
Fantastic Almodóvar-esque romp through a complex love triangle (evolving into a love tetrahedron). Hysterical!